The words “fashionable” and “up-and-coming” are on the lips of those who are getting to know this vibrant corner of Kensington and Chelsea, where vintage boutiques exhibit their one-off pieces and antique shops display their troves of treasure just next door to greasy spoons and butchers. The sparkles of life along Golborne Road and St Helens depict a real sense of community, an area oozing with vitality and character. There are also many schools and local parks, and with talks of a Crossrail station in the pipeline, North Kensington is attracting a lot of interest from families as well as young urban professionals.
A brief history
A key neighbourhood of Notting Hill, North Kensington was previously known for its social housing, however, house prices have since soared and the area’s now considered upmarket. Different waves of immigrants have arrived for at least a century, such as the Spanish, Irish, Jews, West Indians, Moroccans and Eastern Europeans. The area’s one of the most cosmopolitan in the world. The main transport hub, Ladbroke Grove tube station, was initially called Notting Hill when it opened in 1864 until 1880. Then it was known as Ladbroke Grove (North Kensington) and now is simply Ladbroke Grove.
There are a range of properties in the area. On one hand, you’ve very exclusive stuccoed Georgian and Victorian properties and on the other you’ve got gritty post-war council estates. As well as this, you’ve a range of period and conversion flats and studios. The great thing is that in parts of North Kensington you get more for your money in comparison to Prime London areas, such as neighbouring South Kensington, Holland Park and Chelsea.
Just a short walk from popular shopping areas and bars and restaurants on Portobello Road, All Saints Road and Kensington Park Gardens, the local area also has a lot on offer. There’s a big Sainsbury’s for food at the top of Ladbroke Grove and St Helen’s Gardens offers shoppers groceries along with the basics. North Kensington also has numerous pubs and small eateries.
The two main tube stations in the area are Ladbroke Grove (Hammersmith & City Line) and Latimer Road. The council has also been pushing for a Crossrail station at North Kensington off Ladbroke Grove and Canal Way and there’s huge support for the project from London Mayor Boris Johnson, among other local figures.
North Kensington is surrounded by beautiful parks within walking distance, such as Holland Park, Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park.
Kensington’s private schools are very popular. They include Thomas’s, Hawkesdown House, Pembridge Hall, Wetherby Pre-Prep, Norland Place and Notting Hill Prep. There are also outstanding state schools such as Fox Primary School and St Mary Abbots CE Primary School.
Five interesting facts about North Kensington
1. The area has apparently got the largest Moroccan population in England.
2. Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron lives in the area.
3. Many of the scenes from the 1999 hit film “Notting Hill” starring Hugh Grant were filmed in North Kensington.
4. Photographer Roger Mayne famously documented photos of the post-war council estates.
5. North Kensington was a key area caught up in the violence of the Notting Hill race riots in 1958.
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